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Actor Edward Norton breaks down Trump's poker 'endgame' in epic Twitter thread: 'Call. His. Bluff'

The boss of a casino should know a few things about the cards they hold. They also know what the players in the house hold. They make sure drinks keep coming to hold off how long it is before someone leaves the table to try and get as much money out of a patron as is possible. The business model works for almost everyone — OK, well, Trump failed at this — however, the strategy remains to not worry about the immediate outcome of winning a hand or to bust the player. The goal is to string the situation out long enough that you find a way to get what you want anyway.

Edward Norton, an actor often associated with his fantastic performances in American History X and Fight Club, took to Twitter and gave his perspective as someone who grew up the son of a federal prosecutor about the "game" that Donald J. Trump is playing with democracy.

GOP's Josh Hawley doesn't even live in the state he represents

It was 2014, running for his re-election when the Washington Post had to point out something about Kansas Senator Pat Roberts: he didn't live in Kansas. In fact, Roberts made a joke that he had "full access to a recliner" he could use when he wanted. Now, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley seems to be following his lead, in a report by the Kansas City Star.

Hawley, it seems, has been using a $1.3 million dollar home in Virginia as his residence while claiming his sister's home address to vote from in the state of Missouri. Oh, Josh. Instead, when asked about the issue, the Senator's office became indignant, and brushed aside any information about it — after all, this is par for the course.

Hawley's shifting address to maintain registration isn't new. The Kansas City star notes how his family traveled, without, you know, traveling in household registration.

Hawley lived in Columbia during his stint as a professor at the University of Missouri Law School and two years as Missouri attorney general. But in March of 2019 the couple sold the Columbia home, according to the Boone County Recorder of Deeds.

That same month Hawley and his wife were added as co-owners to his parents' home in Springfield, according to the Greene County Recorder's Office. That property was sold in June.

A little more than a month after the sale of the Springfield property, Hawley changed his voter registration address to his sister's home in Ozark. He is also using the Ozark address for his registration with the Missouri Bar.

Don't worry. Hawley has an answer. Of course, it is to go on another conspiracy theory led tirade, saying that George Soros is apparently hiding in the bushes waiting for him. Or, something like that I guess.

Man arrested in plot to kidnap and murder Wichita, Kansas mayor over COVID-19 protections

Brandon Whipple, a former statehouse Democrat elected in Wichita, Kansas, was subject to a kidnapping and murder plot. In texts sent to another member of the Wichita city government, the suspect, Meredith Dowry, asked for Whipple's address and then made clear his intentions.

Wichita implemented policies aimed at protecting citizens from spread of COVID-19, but some members of the community have backed conspiracy theories instead of science.

Speaking to The Wichita Eagle:

The apparent motive was the suspect's opposition to "masks and tyranny," Whipple said.
"He said he was going to kidnap me and slash my throat and he needed my address because I needed to see the hangman — me and everyone who, something about tyranny," Whipple said.

The suspect remains in custody while the Wichita Police Department further investigates the matter.

In a multi-hour meeting, many members of the Wichita community spoke out against the mandate and backed conspiracies. The mandate held, however..

Wichita City Council Meeting July 3, 2020

Trump campaign attacks Biden for going to church and his son's grave

Over the last week, one of the biggest stories in the country has focused on President Donald J. Trump’s demeaning of veterans. With multiple confirmations, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News, along with the originator of the story, the Atlantic, confirmed that Trump had made just those references during a trip to Paris, France during 2018.

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White House adviser Dan Scavino shares faked Biden video

White House director of social media and assistant to the president Dan Scavino Jr. sure loves his iPhone. You can see how much he loves it in the photo above, showing it to all of his friends with those cool tools. With Rep. Steve Scalise in trouble for sharing a faked video of activist Ady Barkan, you’d think that the White House would try to avoid the completely faked video market right now. Well, Scavino is aiming to prove that theory wrong.

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Watch: Joe Biden mocks Fox News reporter to his face during morning bike ride

Yesterday morning, on a bike ride—one of those physical activities I have yet to see the world’s healthiest orange president do—Joe Biden was asked a question by Fox News’ Peter Doocy: “Mr. Vice President, have you picked a running mate yet?” Biden, in response, answered “Yeah, I have.” Doocy, believing he had a scoop, asked: “You have? Who is it?” Biden responded: “It’s you,” and continued to ride away.

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Kansas's three-party system died this week as moderate Republicans faced devastating losses

For more than a decade, the state of Kansas has operated under a unique system. There were, effectively, three parties. The Democratic Party, The Republican Party (Conservative), and the Moderate Republican party. Moderate Republicans worked to form their own organizations geared at “taking back their own party”, and frequently advised Democratic registered voters to “switch registration before primary day” in order to avoid crazy conservatives winning seats. The pitch was simple: if more moderate Republicans would win seats, they could take back their party and elect leadership that was less conservative. The reality, however, was that moderate Republicans found themselves feeling as though they had been sent to outer Siberia once they appeared in the state house, as the conservative majority boxed them out.

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Inside the impact of rural voters on the Democratic Party

It’s another Sunday, so for those who tune in, welcome to a diary discussing the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up any time: Just visit our group or follow the Nuts & Bolts Guide. Every week I try to tackle issues I’ve been asked about. With the help of other campaign workers and notes, we address how to improve and build better campaigns, or explain issues that impact our party.

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I've taken the cognitive test, too. We need to talk about it

I was reading a community diary story today that you really should read, if you haven’t already, about the writer’s experience taking the cognitive assessment test. I have had difficulty processing Donald Trump’s answer regarding this matter to Fox News in a way that I hadn’t really come to terms with until reading that diary and thinking about how it made me feel.

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Moderates have given up on the Republican party, leaving it to the lunatics

It was 2014. In Kansas, moderate Republicans formed organizations calling for sanity to return to their party.  They asked Democratic registered voters to re-register as Republicans “your primary vote means nothing as a Democrat, but you can save us from crazy Republicans” they noted. The idea was that the moderate middle would save the Republican Party. Over time, however, what the elected moderate middle discovered was that they would never be accepted within their Republican party, and face repeated challenges on their right flank.

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